Report Requirements

This page provides the details behind the requirements of the Community and Business Group Process related to deliverables.

Note: The content of this page is in development and we expect it to change as groups begin to publish documents. We will work with editors to minimize change requests.

Formal Identification

W3C provides a means for each group Chair to publish and thereby designate the group’s Specifications (as defined in the CLA and FSA). These specifications are listed on the group’s home page.

Style Sheets

There is not yet an official style sheet for CG/BG reports; that is a project ongoing as of June 2012.

Robin Berjon’s ReSpec.js is widely used at W3C for creating specifications, and it includes four style sheets (for draft and final reports, both for Community and Business Groups); set specStatus in the configuration accordingly (e.g., specStatus = CG-DRAFT). A sample report illustrates their usage and several documents using ReSpec are linked from the reports page. Please note that ReSpec is not required, but is a useful option for editors.

W3C Logo

The W3C logo appears in the upper left corner of the document using this markup in HTML5:

<a href=http://www.w3.org/><img alt=W3C height=48 src=http://www.w3.org/Icons/w3c_home width=72></a>

or in XHTML:

<a href="http://www.w3.org/"><img alt="W3C" height="48"
   src="http://www.w3.org/Icons/w3c_home" width="72"/></a>

Name and Date

The report must include:

  • the name of the Community or Business that published the deliverables and link to a public page about the group.
  • a publication date (e.g., “last modified” or a fixed date for a final report).

Relation to Standards Track

The report must not cause confusion about its status, in particular with respect to W3C Technical Reports. For example, reports must not suggest that they are standards or on the standards-track.

Copyright

The copyright statement to include at the top of each report
varies depending on whether the document is a draft or final report. In the boilerplate below please replace YEAR(s) (with a single year or range), the name of the report, the URI to the group’s home page (“groupname”), and the Group Name.

For draft reports, based on the CLA Deed, please use this markup (adjustments for HTML5 ok):

<p>Copyright © YEAR(S) the Contributors to the SPECIFICATION NAME/VERSION Specification, published by the  <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/grouphome/">Group Name</a> under the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla/">W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA)</a>. A human-readable <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla-deed/">summary</a> is available.
</p>

For final specifications, based on the FSA Deed, please use this markup (adjustments for HTML5 ok):

<p>Copyright © YEAR(S) the Contributors to the SPECIFICATION NAME/VERSION Specification, published by the  <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/grouphome/">Group Name</a> under the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/final/">W3C Community Final Specification Agreement (FSA)</a>. A human-readable <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/fsa-deed/">summary</a> is available.
</p>

Boilerplate

In the boilerplate below please replace the URI to the group’s home page (“groupname”), and the Group Name.

The following paragraph appears at the top of each draft report:

<p>This specification was published by the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/grouphome/">Group Name</a>. It is not a W3C Standard nor is it on the W3C Standards Track. Please note that under the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/cla/">W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA)</a> there is a limited opt-out and other conditions apply. Learn more about <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/">W3C Community and Business Groups</a>.</p>

The following paragraph appears at the top of each final report:

<p>This specification was published by the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/grouphome/">Group Name</a>. It is not a W3C Standard nor is it on the W3C Standards Track. Please note that under the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/about/agreements/final/">W3C Community Final Specification Agreement (FSA)</a> other conditions apply. Learn more about <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/">W3C Community and Business Groups</a>.</p>

Patent Licensing Commitments

Readers should be able to find the contribution history easily from the report. Per the Community Group process, the contribution history must be archived permanently on the W3C Web site.

For final reports, W3C maintains information about which participants have signed the Final Specification Agreement and which have not. The URI to the list of commitments is minted during the publication process.

Privacy Policy

Reports must not violate the W3C Privacy Policy. In practical terms, this means not tracking report users via a third party system.

Stability

Final Reports must be published on the W3C Web site. Once published at a given URI, a Final Report must not change.